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Heather Conner: Case Manager Paralegal at Shernoff, Bidart & Darras in Ontario, CA [By Charisse Dengler] Heather Conner is a case manager paralegal for famed plaintiff’s attorney Frank Darras. Her daily responsibilities include working on all of the litigated cases, writing all of the ERISA appeals, reviewing new cases, setting up mediations, answering written discovery, calculating damages, and trial preparation. Currently, she works on a team that handles disability and longterm care insurance issues.
Conner, who graduated from the University
Frank is pure joy—he hasn’t lost the love for
“We were able to obtain him a life-changing
of Akron with her J.D. degree in May of 1998
fighting for the little guy, and his enthusiasm
amount of money,” she said. “His first
and passed the Washington State bar exam
thought was he was going to take his wife
in 2000, worked as a paralegal and then as
on their honeymoon after 35-plus years of
an associate at a firm in Seattle, WA. She
However, she did admit that working for such
marriage. Those are the type of people and
went back to working as a paralegal at the
an expert in the field can bring about some
stories that make this so rewarding.”
firm she is currently at after she and her
difficult challenges. Conner currently lives in Rancho
husband relocated from Washington to Southern California. She has not yet taken
“Because Frank is sought after and so many
Cucamonga, CA, with her husband of nearly
the California State bar exam.
people need his help, I often joke that I need
two years. In her spare time, she enjoys
to clone myself,” she said.
reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Conner first became interested in the legal profession after taking part in her
Her advice to paralegal students stems from
high school’s mock trial of the Watergate
her own love of the clients in the field of law
hearings. She played the lead prosecutor
in which she’s involved.
for the U.S. and said she got hooked.
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When asked what she enjoys most about
“Make sure to remember to be
her current job, Conner said she loves the
compassionate and grateful to the clients
contact she has with clients and she loves
for the opportunity to represent them,” she
working for Darras.
“So many of them [the clients] are in such
When asked to recount an experience that
desperate situations, yet they continue to
was particularly emotional or rewarding for
conduct themselves with grace and class
her, Conner chose the story of a truck driver
under the most extreme forms of financial
who came to the firm for representation after
Shernoff, Bidart & Darras
and emotional pressure,” she said. “I also
he was injured on the job and let down by his
love working under and for the preeminent
occupational accident policy.
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Published on Jan 12, 2013
Heather Conner Is A Case Manager Paralegal At Shernoff, Bidart & Darras For Famed Plaintiffs Attorney Frank Darras. She Writes All Of Th...